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Wisconsin considers banning children from social media



The issue of parental rights is very much in the news these days. Parents are protesting at school board meetings, upset about what their kids are being taught these days. They’re upset with bans on conversion therapy, insisting government has no business telling them how to raise their kids. I wonder how they will feel about this one. A Wisconsin state representative has introduced a bill that would ban kids from using social media. The legislation by Republican State Rep. David Steffen would ban those under 18 from using social media like Facebook, Instagram and TikTok between the hours of 10pm and 7am. Good luck with that. It is not clear how, if approved, it would be enforced. Are police going to somehow monitor every child’s use of their electronic devices? Are they going to drag them to jail if they log on at 10:01pm? Sure kids spend a lot of time on their devices these days, probably too much time. But what business is that of the government? Isn’t it up to parents to decide what is best for their kids? It seems regulating use of social media is a job best left to parents, not the government.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. nick

    April 13, 2023 at 7:25 am

    The left has been pushing their agenda for years and the result is that basic education has taken a back seat. The left has been at war with parental rights for a long time. After all , the left and only the left knows what is best.
    More and more are graduating with poor reading skills, poor writing skills and poor math skills. Get back to basics.
    Develop a curriculum that teaches what is really needed. Sex education is a subject that should be taught at home.
    Nationally, we are falling further and further behind other countries in basic education.
    I have relatives who have 11 and 13 year old boys who have banned social media and do not have phones.
    These kids are well rounded and very smart.
    I help teach kids in Catholic religion and they are tenth graders who spend on the average three hours on social media and who knows how much gaming.
    This bill will not go anywhere.

  2. Char

    April 13, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    I agree with the previous comments.

    No one remembers that when Facebook first started, it was stated that no one under 16 years old would be allowed on the program at the time. It’s too bad they never stuck to those rules.

  3. Samantha Moede

    April 13, 2023 at 10:11 pm

    10 pm and 7 am r the times kids r stuck in their homes not every child has a perfect home life that tik tok video or Facebook post might just be the one thing that’s keeping them alive

  4. Doreen Thoma

    April 14, 2023 at 8:39 am

    Absolutely! No reason for kids to be on that late – when the parents are asleep….who knows what they’re watching!! If they can make these media outlets shut off during that time – that’s great. They can still use the phone if it’s an emergency.

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